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Philadelphia Chapter Event: Poverty and Homelessness in America – Philadelphia, a Case Study

Wednesday, June 9, 2021
3:00PM to 4:30PM EST
Location: Online via Zoom. Link will be sent prior to event.
Registration Deadline: Monday, June 7, 2021
Contact: Julie Currie

Join an inspiring conversation with Sister Mary Scullion, one of today’s leading social activists and an advocate to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty. Sister Mary co-founded Philadelphia’s nationally recognized Project HOME and was named as one of the “World’s Most Influential People in 2009” by Time magazine. Moderated by acclaimed Community Impact attorney and broadcast journalist Renee Chenault Fattah, this conversation will help us better understand one of the most challenging issues now facing communities, how to alleviate the underlying causes of poverty and enable all of us to attain our fullest potential as individuals and as members of the broader society. 

Poverty and homelessness is one of the most challenging social and humanitarian issues facing US cities. In Philadelphia, in 1989 a vision was sparked and Project HOME was founded by Sister Mary Scullion and Joan Dawson McConnon. Since its founding, Project HOME has grown from an emergency winter shelter to nearly 1000 units of housing and two businesses that provide employment to formerly homeless persons.  Its vision – None of us are home until all of us are home®. Discover this amazing journey as Renee Chenault Fattah guides us through a discussion with Sister Mary to understand how Project HOME has become a model of hope and change, and what we can do in our own communities to enable success for those many still in need. 

Thank you for supporting this fundraiser for the TTN Giving Circle; a portion of the proceeds raised will be donated to Project HOME. 

To learn more about the TTN Giving Circle, click here.


About Sister Mary Scullion

Sister Mary Scullion has been involved in service work and advocacy for homeless and mentally ill persons since 1978. In 1989, Sister Mary and Joan Dawson McConnon co-founded Project HOME, a nationally recognized organization that provides supportive housing, employment, education and health care to enable chronically homeless and low-income persons to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty. Under their leadership, Project HOME has grown from an emergency winter shelter to 900 units of housing, three social enterprises, the Honickman Learning Center Comcast Technology Lab which is a catalyst for education and employment; and the Steven Klein Wellness Center. 

Sister Mary has received numerous honorary doctorates for her leadership, most recently from Georgetown and the University of Pennsylvania. She was selected by Time Magazine as one of the “World’s Most Influential People in 2009”. In addition, Sister Mary and Joan received the Laetare Medal from Notre Dame University in 2011, the most prestigious honor given to American Catholics. Sister Mary currently serves as President and CEO of Project HOME.


About Renee Chenault Fattah

Renee Chenault Fattah is currently the Director of Pro Bono Action for Community Impact in Pennsylvania for SeniorLAW. She is a lawyer, filmmaker and broadcast journalist having worked as an evening news co-anchor for NBC10 for 25 years. In 2009, she was inducted into the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia Hall of Fame. Renee recently completed her first documentary In Our Right Mind: Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias’ Impact on Communities of Color. The film inspired her to continue work on behalf of seniors and their families, which led her to SeniorLAW Center. The Center is passionate about using the power of the law to seek justice for older people while educating the community and advocating at every level of government.

Renee also serves as a trustee of Johns Hopkins University and Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, is on the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity, and is an advisory council member to The Hastings Center, a bioethics research center. Her law career included working at Hughes Hubbard & Reed in New York City and clerking for the late Judge Damon Keith on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Renee earned her B.A. in Political Science from Johns Hopkins University, her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and her M.A. in Journalism from the University of Missouri. 

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Material from, 12:42:19 April 19, 2021.
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